Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15
  1. #1
    Lager's Avatar
    Lager is offline White Dwarf
    Points: 635, Level: 12
    Level completed: 70%, Points required for next Level: 15
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Salisbury NC
    Posts
    42
    Points
    635
    Level
    12
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked 6x 5 Posts

    Default Orion Eyepiece review?



    My Skyscaner 100 came with two, 20 mm and the 10 mm. I also purchased the 2x barlow.I found the lacking in clarity and read that higher quality eyepieces will make a cheap scope such as this, " look" better.
    Ive also realized in my very limited experience of looking at the sky ,is that high magnifaction just makes this look larger but a bit more blurry.
    So, I chose some eyepieces that i think will help with this cheap scope ,but will be also useable in the much higher quality tele, Im planning to buy.
    Yes! I have seen the light.
    Since I hear all sorts of good things about Plossl eyepieces, I selected two from Orion.
    They are from the Highlight Plossl series they offer and I bought the 32 mm and the 7.5mm.
    Was wondering if the slightly extra cash for the "high light" series was worth it and what the difference was?
    I might have gotten sucked in by the "super duper" write up on their website.
    You know what they say, A fool, and his money are soon parted.
    I do that a lot.

  2. #2
    Bobble's Avatar
    Bobble is offline SUPER GIANT
    Points: 26,167, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    50 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!200+ Posts Achievement!First 1000 Experience PointsVisitor Messenger Achievement!
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Guelph Ontario Canada
    Posts
    973
    Points
    26,167
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    701
    Thanked 285x 227 Posts

    Default

    Hi Lager...
    I too own a modest scope. When deciding what eyepieces I wanted I inquired about the plossl. I was said to me the they are ok..but a plossl is still a plossl.Not wanting to spend the cash to see what he meant by that I went out and got a Bader Hyperion 21mm EP.
    Glad I did.
    68 degrees field of view. Remove the 1.25 barlow portion and you have a 31mm 2 inch eyepiece.
    Good quality and versatile.
    And I just bought an 8mm EP because I was happy with the first
    Hyperion.
    Enjoy your scope
    Bob

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    , ES ED127 Apo, Celestron C8, ES AR102,
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    Mount, Coronado PST.
    ES EPs- 100* 9 & 14mm, 82* 4.7 , 6.7, 18, 24, 30mm, Baader 21 & 8-24mm zoom, 2" Lunt Hershel Wedge .
    Canon EOS T3I, ATIK Infinity Colour, Mallincam Jr. Pro PC, DMK21, Neximage5,

    Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people. Carl Sagan

  3. #3
    canuck's Avatar
    canuck is offline White Dwarf
    Points: 4,603, Level: 46
    Level completed: 27%, Points required for next Level: 147
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    5 Threads Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    bc canada
    Posts
    17
    Points
    4,603
    Level
    46
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 2x 2 Posts

    Default

    i am looking to buy new eyes too would be interested to read what you purchased and how they perform.
    skywatcher 200p dobsonian 11/2" 10,25mm plossols 2" 28mm and 2x barlow (11/2")

  4. #4
    JamesandmyOpinion's Avatar
    JamesandmyOpinion is offline Bright Giants
    Points: 4,456, Level: 45
    Level completed: 38%, Points required for next Level: 94
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    200+ Posts Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points400+ Posts Achievement
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    529
    Points
    4,456
    Level
    45
    Thanks
    133
    Thanked 194x 151 Posts

    Default

    A 100mm Aperture is not going to be too fussy to begin with. Don't stick with just Plossl lenses though.

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    16" ,Celestron Omni 150 XLT(My review here http://tinyurl.com/7me2mb6 ), 2"26mm 2"32mm, 32mm, 25mm, 12.5 mm, 10 mm, 6mm & 4 mm Plossl + 12.5mm, 9 mm, 5mm & 3mm Planetary. 2" & 1.25" 2x Barlows.
    Hotech 1.25" Laser Collimator.

  5. #5
    EJMaine's Avatar
    EJMaine is offline Bright Giants
    Points: 12,844, Level: 78
    Level completed: 27%, Points required for next Level: 256
    Overall activity: 3.0%
    Achievements:
    200+ Posts Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points750 Days+ Registered Achievement!1000 Days+ Registered Achievement!
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Oakland, ME
    Posts
    557
    Points
    12,844
    Level
    78
    Thanks
    404
    Thanked 204x 147 Posts

    Default

    I bought the 32mm Highlight and enjoy it. It is the ep I start with. But, I am too new to know if it's better. I trusted the hype!

    Sent from my ADR6300 using Tapatalk
    -Eric
    Olympus EXPS-I 8x42,
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    AstroView 6 EQ, & several good books

    "On certain nights, When the angles are right, And
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    is a slender crescent, Its circle shows, In a ghostly glow, Of earthly luminescence: Earthshine" --Neil Peart

  6. #6
    terrynak's Avatar
    terrynak is offline HYPER GIANT
    Points: 37,410, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 9.0%
    Achievements:
    365 Days+ Registered Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points50 Posts Achievement!200+ Posts Achievement!750 Days+ Registered Achievement!
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    3,521
    Points
    37,410
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    3,190
    Thanked 2,187x 1,392 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    Hi Lager,

    I find that the 10mm & 20mm 3-element eyepieces (EP) that came with my Orion Skyscanner work really well in this scope. I also use Plossl eyepieces, but with this scope, I can't really tell the difference in quality between the Plossl and these 2 EP's. Only that the Plossls give poorer eye relief (meaning you have to move your eyes closer to the EP lens to see the whole field of view) once you use smaller EP's (i.e. higher magnification) of 10mm or less. I find that the 10mm stock EP provides better eye relief in this regard.

    On a clear calm night, can you focus Jupiter (or Mars) sharply on both sides of the planet, or does it still come out blurry on one or both sides no matter how carefully you focus? It could be that you have a collimation problem - the mirrors are not aligned. This is the no #1 reason for poor views in a reflector telescope like the Skyscanner. Easier to collimate a reflector when the primary mirror has a center dot and the tilt of this mirror can be adjusted with screws at the back - the Skyscanner has neither. But I was able to collimate mine just by center dotting the primary mirror myself and then adjusting the tilt of the SECONDARY mirror (now this mirror does have adjustment screws).

    Any problems you have with your scope, you should also contact Orion's excellent customer service (800) 676-1343 for assistance.

    Sincerely,
    Terry

  7. #7
    Lager's Avatar
    Lager is offline White Dwarf
    Points: 635, Level: 12
    Level completed: 70%, Points required for next Level: 15
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Salisbury NC
    Posts
    42
    Points
    635
    Level
    12
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked 6x 5 Posts

    Default

    Hey Terry, good to hear from you again.
    To answer your questions? The other night we had clear skys here in NC and no moon and I was able to get a nice view of Jupiter using the 10 and the 2x barlow. Saw 4 bands as long as I looked at the side of the planet instead of directly center which makes sense I know we have a dead spot in the center of our eyeballs. Learned that one thanks to the military, but anyways, I believe the collimation is correct.
    That same night, I was able to find and observe the Orion Nebula, that was sooo cool ! Looked for more nebulas, but didnt have much luck all due to inexperience in useing charts. Im pretty jazzed now, since I was able to see many star clusters listed on the charts. Im finding myself more interested in the "other" out there instead of the moon and planets, thus my choosing some different eyepieces.
    I looked at the FAQ in the above sticky and found a link for " Comparison of views" Looking thru all the eyepieces, I found the plossl to be a bit brighter and reading all the hype about that type, thought ,what the heck? Maybe I will be able to see things a bit more clear with an upgraded ep?
    I selected the 32 because I really like the large view the 20 gave me,so the 32 has got to be better.
    Selected the 7.5 because you told me not push mag in this scope because it will just make things more blurry. Hoping the upgraded ep will give me a better/clearer view at higher levels that what I already have.Time will tell, its bad weather again tonight and UPS hasent shown up yet.
    But, I am listening to you.
    Im also buying stuff that can be used in my next scope and might be better suited for.
    Im realizing that the cost of the tele itself is a smaller amount then all the do dads you buy to look thru it.Well,in a cheap one it is anyways.
    Best wishes and Thanks again. Paul

  8. #8
    Lager's Avatar
    Lager is offline White Dwarf
    Points: 635, Level: 12
    Level completed: 70%, Points required for next Level: 15
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Salisbury NC
    Posts
    42
    Points
    635
    Level
    12
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked 6x 5 Posts

    Default

    ACK!! I got moved.. Where am I ?

  9. #9
    FRANKB's Avatar
    FRANKB is offline Bright Giants
    Points: 16,336, Level: 88
    Level completed: 25%, Points required for next Level: 264
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    365 Days+ Registered Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points750 Days+ Registered Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Parma HTS,OHIO
    Posts
    449
    Points
    16,336
    Level
    88
    Thanks
    541
    Thanked 177x 98 Posts

    Default

    I've got a 32mm Highlight Plossi,and it is a high quality eyepiece,crystal clear views,barlows well,great for the moon
    Orion XT6,Canon T3i, CG5-ASGT, Orion VersaGo II
    Celestron C80ED, Celestron Starsense
    Orion SteadyPix Deluxe-Sony DSC-WX5
    32mm Highlight Plossi,15mm Expanse, 9mm Expanse, 5mm TMB Planetary
    Explore Scientific 82 degree 4.7mm, Explore Scientific 6.7mm
    Explore Scientific 70 degree 25mm
    Televue 2.5x Powermate, Televue 2x Barlow

  10. The Following User Says Thank You to FRANKB For This Useful Post:

    Lager (01-17-2012)

  11. #10
    terrynak's Avatar
    terrynak is offline HYPER GIANT
    Points: 37,410, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 9.0%
    Achievements:
    365 Days+ Registered Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points50 Posts Achievement!200+ Posts Achievement!750 Days+ Registered Achievement!
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    3,521
    Points
    37,410
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    3,190
    Thanked 2,187x 1,392 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Lager View Post
    ...I was able to get a nice view of Jupiter using the 10 and the 2x barlow. Saw 4 bands as long as I looked at the side of the planet instead of directly center which makes sense I know we have a dead spot in the center of our eyeballs. Learned that one thanks to the military, but anyways, I believe the collimation is correct...
    Awesome Paul! I've never seen more than 2 bands on Jupiter with this scope using the stock 10mm EP and a 2x Barlow (80x total) - but I think I get my best view of the planet with this EP arrangement. I'll have to clean my existing 10mm (it's dirty from dust & oils from my eyelashes) and try again using averted vision (which is what you just described), but I think your eyesight is just plain better than mine...
    Quote Originally Posted by Lager View Post
    ... Im pretty jazzed now, since I was able to see many star clusters listed on the charts. Im finding myself more interested in the "other" out there instead of the moon and planets, thus my choosing some different eyepieces...
    Great to see that you've discovered the "other" out there, deep sky objects or DSO's (nebulae, star clusters and galaxies). To see the fainter stuff, you'll need to use really in-depth charts that show stars of 9th magnitude and fainter, along with dark skies. When I go to my darker sky site, I use this scope only on deep sky objects. Galaxies are my favorites, because there are so many out there and they're the most challenging objects to find. In a light polluted sky where I live or near my office, I use it on the moon, planets and double stars.

    I bought a nice 26mm Highlight Plossl at a Star Party because it was on sale for only $15 - this is what I usually use first when I start looking for those faint galaxies or when I view a super large nebula (e.g. Veil, North American) in a dark sky. A 32mm would be even better. The 7.5mm is a great choice for a high power EP to use with this scope (gives 106X with the Barlow). This is my main high-powered EP, although I'll occasionally go to my 6.3mm just to see if it will help in detecting more detail.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lager View Post
    ...I'm realizing that the cost of the tele itself is a smaller amount then all the do dads you buy to look thru it.Well,in a cheap one it is anyways.
    Best wishes and Thanks again. Paul
    Yes, that is so true! Glad to be of assistance - I own four other working scopes, but currently this is the one I use the most because it's easy to carry around (only 6.2 lbs.) while having just enough aperture to see or detect many DSO's away from the city lights.
    Terry

  12. The Following User Says Thank You to terrynak For This Useful Post:

    Lager (01-17-2012)

 

 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Eyepiece Speed Review
    By Astro-Baby in forum Telescope Eyepieces Forum
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-30-2011, 06:15 PM
  2. Review Zhumell 8-24 Zoom Eyepiece
    By neal_mlc in forum Telescope Eyepieces Forum
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 03-15-2011, 10:56 PM
  3. Nagler 9mm T1 Telescope Eyepiece Review
    By ibase in forum Telescope Eyepieces Forum
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-16-2011, 04:07 AM
  4. Burgess TMB Premium Planetary Eyepiece - Review
    By Venus_is_my_friend in forum Telescope Eyepieces Forum
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 08-14-2010, 12:43 PM
  5. REVIEW: Garrett Optical 30mm 82-o UWA eyepiece
    By Margo Schulter in forum Amateur Astronomy Forum
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-14-2007, 01:42 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Powered by vBulletin« Version 4.2.0
Powered by vBulletin«
All times are GMT. The time now is 05:47 PM.